The Principal Chronicles


East Pike - Horace Mann - Ben Franklin - Eisenhower

Dear Families and Community Members,

We hope you were able to enjoy a peaceful winter vacation. Thank you so much for the kindness and generosity many of you shared with us - we truly appreciated the warm holiday wishes, cards, and gifts we received. We were very glad to welcome your children back our schools on January 3rd! Please read on to learn more about this districtwide initiative in the area of Social Emotional Learning.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2022!

Erin Eisenman, Eisenhower Principal

Krista SevajIan , Horace Mann Principal

Don Springer, East Pike Principal

Kelly Urbani, Ben Franklin Principal

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What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

SEL 101: What are the core competencies and key settings?

What is PATHS?

Our PreK-5 Social Emotional Learning program is called Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies or PATHS.

PATHS is a program of lessons and strategies that help children manage their emotions, communicate effectively, and problem-solve independently.

It takes a holistic approach to include all children, families, faculty, and staff.

PATHS is a research-based program grounded in the science of children’s brain development. It uses progressive schemes of work, engaging resources, and diverse activities to establish a positive classroom environment.

To learn more about PATHS, visit

To learn more about SEL, visit or the Collaboraitve for Academics, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) site at

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PATHS Helps Children With...

  • Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control
  • Frustration & anger management
  • Attention and concentration
  • Thinking before they act out in anger
  • Emotional understanding
  • Expressing their feelings in a positive way
  • Understanding that all feelings are okay, but some behaviors are not OK
  • Preparing for change (e.g. moving to the Junior High)
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Our children are taught how to recognize different feelings. They explicitly talk about what it feels like to be happy, frustrated, anxious, etc. Children are also taught what it might look like for other people. Feelings are described as comfortable or uncomfortable. They also learn that all feelings are OK. It’s OK to feel upset or angry, but we need to know how to deal with these feelings. Children build up a set of feeling cards so they can show and talk about how they are feeling. These may be of some use at home too, so there are a set of feeling cards here that can be printed off (comfortable and uncomfortable).


Building children’s self esteem is key to PATHS! A PATHS Kid for the Day is chosen everyday in each class. The child will do special tasks throughout the day, but most importantly he/she will be given compliments from the teacher and peers that are recorded and sent home at the end of the day. A compliment is then also encouraged from family members at home. The compliments from home are shared with the class the next day. This routine is a wonderful way to start each day and build a positive classroom community!


PATHS is about feelings - understanding our own and others. That is OK to feel sad or angry, but it’s not OK to hit or use unkind words because of it. PATHS offers strategies to deal with problems that arise. In PreK and Kindergarten, this is through Twiggle (a little turtle), and Grades 2 through 5 use traffic lights.


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  • Self Awareness is the ability to understand and manage your own feelings and to know your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Self Management is the ability to manage your behavior and impulses, to have integrity, and to act according to your values.

  • Social Awareness is the ability to understand and have empathy for others.

  • Relationship Management is knowing how to work with others and get along effectively.

  • Responsible Decision Making is the ability to make good decisions and know how to problem solve effectively both alone and in groups.

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Each school is using the PATHS Curriculum - Talk with your child about the following:

What is the PATHS Kid of the Day?

How do you feel about being the PATHS Kid of the Day?

What is the best compliment you have received?

How do you feel when you give someone a compliment?

Can you name some comfortable feelings?

Can you name some uncomfortable feelings?

What does it mean to 'Do Turtle' or how do you calm down if you are feeling uncomfortable?

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A Sad Good-Bye and a Warm Welcome...

The Elementary Team would like to thank Horace Mann Principal, Mrs. Savajian, for her hard work, dedication, care, and commitment to our staff, our students, and their families. She has announced an early retirement beginning February 2, 2022, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors! She will be truly be missed!

We welcome Kevin Edmondson to our Elementary Team! Mr. Edmondson is currently serving as the Junior High Assistant Principal. He has many years of elementary experience both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. We are excited for his positive energy and enthusiasm as he joins the Horace Mann Elementary School family.

We know great things will continue to happen as Mr. Edmondson transitions to their team!

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January 20th

BF/IKE Virtual PTA Meeting, 6:00pm (Link will be shared)

January 24th

Special Board Meeting, 7:00pm

February 7th

Academic & Extra-Curricular Board Meeting, 5:30pm

February 11th

Valentine's Day Celebrations

(Look for information from your school's PTA!)

February 14th

Policy & Personnel Committee Meeting, 5:30pm

Regular School Board Meeting, 7:00pm

February 18th

Act 80 Day - No School for Students

February 21st

Parent & Teacher Conferences, 10am - 6pm

Buildings, Grounds & Transportation Committee Meeting, 5:30pm

*To attend Committee or Board Meetings virtually or in-person,

please visit for more information!

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